The Dallas Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant in 2010 to be their number one wide receiver. Three years later, all they have is a problem child with a low football I.Q., maturity issues, and the talent of Jerry Rice. Dallas still needs a number one wideout and they could have one in Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe.
Bowe is a six year veteran, who just turned 28 last month, and he’s a bona fide number one receiver. Taken by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft (23rd overall), Bowe has been the lone bright spot on a dismal Kansas City receiver core. He’s averaged 60 receptions a year with absolutely no one throwing to him. Bowe is on the trading block because he is in the final year of his current contract. In August, he signed a one-year, $9.515 million deal.
The younger Bryant has all the talent of Bowe, but still just doesn’t “get it” mentally. Whether or not he ever will is something most Cowboy fans are still desperately clinging too. Statistically, Bryant is having his best year with 41 receptions in just seven games. And it could be that he would flourish with a new team, away from the Cowboys’ spotlight. (See Jimmy Smith or Antonio Bryant for proof) Salary-wise, Bryant is signed through 2014. Back in 2010, he signed a five-year, $11.8 million deal.
Looking at the Dallas salary cap, the Bowe deal could work. Pro Talk Football reports the Cowboys’ salary cap to be $5.7 million as of September 2012. It might be a tight fit depending on how much Bowe is still owed in his current contract.
But Dallas desperately needs a mature number one receiver. Despite his efforts, Miles Austin is a far better slot receiver than a number one. And Bryant is simply not on the level required to fill that role yet. Bowe would be an instant upgrade. There is no doubt it would help Tony Romo’s interception numbers.
In turn, Bryant would be a big “get” for the Chiefs. Kansas City would be getting a talented young wideout for almost nothing. The team was apparently hoping to get a third round compensatory pick in the draft with the exit of Bowe next year. Instead, they’d be getting their wideout of the future.
Currently, Chiefs are looking to get a second round pick or higher for Bowe. It’s a tough sale due to his high salary and expiring contract. But Jerry Jones may be at the point where he is ready to cut bait with Bryant. And getting Bowe now may help turn the tide of Dallas’ current situation. Getting him to stick around after this season is probably the only other sticking point.
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